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  • Yellow Flowers

    Directed by Glen Goei
    Produced by Tan Bee Thiam
    Written by Haresh Sharma
    Country of production: Singapore
    Production Company: 13 Little Pictures
    Estimated Running Time: 90 min

    Introduction

    A story of the inter-connected lives of a group of multi-racial Singaporeans as they struggle to find hope and redemption.

    Director Statement

    YELLOW FLOWERS is a companion piece to my previous film THE BLUE MANSION, which was about the elite who run and rule Singapore without any compassion and humanity. YELLOW FLOWERS represents the flip side of the same coin. It shows how the underclass, the forgotten, the left-behinds live and struggle to make sense of their existence as a result of ‘the system’ imposed by the ruling elite. If THE BLUE MANSION begs the question “where is the love?”, the characters in YELLOW FLOWERS find that unconditional love is their only salvation.

    Director Biography

    Glen Goei (born 1962) is one of Singapore’s leading film and theatre directors. Goei’s film, FOREVER FEVER (1998), was the first Singapore film to be presented at Sundance and to achieve a worldwide commercial release. The film was distributed in America and the United Kingdom by Miramax, which then signed him on an exclusive three-picture deal. His second film, THE BLUE MANSION (2009), featured a cast comprising the cream of Singapore and Malaysia’s acting talent and an international production team. It premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival and won the Best Film and Best Director Awards at the SPH Singapore Entertainment Awards. Glen’s work in theatre started with his Olivier Award nominated performance in the title role of M. BUTTERFLY opposite Anthony Hopkins in London’s West End. As Associate Artistic Director of W!ld Rice, he won the Production of the Year for his daring restaging of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Award 2010. He also directed the hugely popular EMILY, and THE HISTORY OF SINGAPORE. He was the Creative Director of the National Day Parade (2003-2006). He graduated from Cambridge with a Masters of Art in History.

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  • I Am Thinking Of You

    Directed by Elizabeth Wijaya & Lai Weijie
    Written by Elizabeth Wijaya & Lai Weijie
    Country of production: Singapore/Malaysia
    Production Company: 13 Little Pictures, E&W Films
    Format: HD
    Genre: Horror
    Estimated Running Time: 120 min
    Status: Development

    Logline

    On the eve of Marina Bay Sands’ opening, a woman returns to Singapore to revisit a childhood love that was never fulfilled. Meanwhile, off the coast of Singapore, a man finds himself working on an offshore rig alongside his long-lost biological father. The invisible navigate themselves through the new Singapore landscape, bound by the past and their memories of their old friend Nigel who has gone missing.

    Director’s Statement

    For a decade, from the time Elizabeth was 6, she was part of the daily exodus of students, workers and lifestock, commuting from Malaysia to Singapore. The long travelling hours, at first on the orange school buses and then via public transport provided moments of drama and reflection.  The inspiration for this film stems from the time passed and friendships formed and lost, as children journeyed together from pre-dawn to nightfall, from childhood to adulthood. Many who live on both sides of the causeway do so in search of a better life—the journey is a hopeful one but it is also not without its perils.

    This film imagines a life ended abruptly and a ghost child that grows up along with the city she was lost in. Ghosts are often portrayed as taking on the form of how they last looked in life but what if this ghost allows her image to grow, as she would have wanted to be if she had been alive? She haunts Singapore, seeking yearly vengeance, until one day she meets a boy from her past…

    This film is dedicated to the ghosts of us, to the lost past and the eclipsed future.

    Directors’ biography

    Elizabeth Wijaya, recipient of the NUS Research Scholarship, received her MA in Literary Studies and BA (First Class Honours) in English Literature. She was President of the NUS Literary Society and the co-director of I HAVE LOVED.

    Lai Weijie graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia with an MFA. He was director of photography for DELILAH, BEFORE (Best Short Film, Tribeca) and co-produced HOMECOMING that grossed more than $3 million in Singapore and Malaysia. Recently, he co-directed his first feature I HAVE LOVED.

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  • Bookmarked

    Directed and Written by Wesley Leon Aroozoo

    Produced By Tan Bee Thiam

    Country of production: Singapore

    Production Company: 13 Little Pictures

    Genre: Experimental Comedy/Drama

    Estimated Running Time: 90 minutes

    Status: Development

    Looking For: Pre-Sales/Funds

    Introduction

    The rhythm of humans going under the limbo pole one by one is creepily poetic and unsettling. Amidst the crowd of office workers gathering around, we are introduced to our good friend, Patrick Pan.  We shake our heads and look away as his greed leads him to working at a Bookmark factory under the wings of a successful tycoon whom he idolises.

    It is dark and quiet. Bedtime stories.

    The innocent Bookmark Factory wakes up from its sleep and rear its ugly head. Patrick willingly drowns himself in puddles to attain his dream, while his whole world does a cartwheel and eventually bites him, chews him up and spits him out.

    There are more holes than that of underwear.

    Patrick is now mush.

    Directors’ biography

    Wesley Leon Aroozoo graduated from Nanyang Technological University and is now pursuing his Master of Fine Arts at NYU Tisch Asia. In 2010, he was selected as one of Tokyo Filmex’s Next Masters. His short films, such as KISSING FACES (Rotterdam), have screened at over 80 festivals.

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  • Night Lights

    Singapore | 48 minutes | English | None | Format – HDV

    Synopsis

    A young woman stuck in a marriage to an older man. A husband who doesn’t know how to communicate with his younger wife. A mysterious boy who shows up in their lives. As their realities give way to the realm of desire, the three are sucked into an ambiguous romance that grows beyond what either can bear.

    Night Lights is at once a moral critique on eros and a tragic mystery of what lies at the heart of passion.

    Director’s Statement

    Isn’t it funny how, in dreams, you can live an entire life and it wouldn’t make a difference when you wake up? I’ve fallen in love so many times in my dreams, felt that strong forceful physical emotion; and then everything vanishes in the morning sun. The thing is, something real happened there – if we can trust our feelings. Something happened that only we know, a flower in our heart that is sheltered from the rest of the world – it blooms in secret. A friend told me recently, it is true because we experienced it; it is true even though no one else thinks it’s true; because as long as there’s one person in the world who felt it (the proverbial tree falling in an empty forest), it actually happened. Isn’t it the same with love after all?

    Director’s biography

    Daniel Hui is a filmmaker and writer. A graduate of the film program in California Institute of the Arts, his films have been screened at film festivals in Rotterdam, Hawaii, Manila, Seoul, Bangkok, and Vladivostok. His writings have been published in prominent cinema journals, including the Cinematheque Quarterly of the National Museum Singapore. He is the contributing editor to the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) online journal, Cinemas of Asia. He is also one of the founding members of 13 Little Pictures, an independent film collective whose films have garnered critical acclaim all around the world. He recently won the Pixel Bunker Award for International New Talent at the Doclisboa International Film Festival for his début feature film Eclipses.

    CAST

    Joanne-Marie Sim

    Hey Mun Cheok

    Lin Hongxuan

    Violet Goh

    Gillian Hey

    Vel Ng

    CREW

    Written, Edited & Directed by Daniel Hui

    Produced and Edited by Tan Bee Thiam

    Photographed by Looi Wan Ping

    Sound Recorded by Lim Lung Chieh

    Sound Design by Daniel Hui, Takuya Katsu

    Assistant Director – Vel Ng

    Production Coordinator – Hey Mun Cheok

    Grips – Liao Jiekai, Athalia Ho

    PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION / SALES CONTACT

    13littlepictures@gmail.com

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  • Matahari

    Directed by Azharr Rudin

    Writing Credits: Azharr Rudin

    Producer: Azharr Rudin, Bee Thiam Tan, Elyna Shukri

    Country of production: Malaysia

    Production Company: 13 Little Pictures, gegambar

    Genre: Horror, Suspense, Drama

    Estimated Running Time: 90 min

    Status: Development

    Looking for: Pre-sales, Funds

    Estimated release date: 2011

    Introduction

    A family moves into an old suburban residential. The father (Lelaki) is depressed; the mother (Perempuan) feels that something seems amiss; their 6-year-old boy (Budak) stays out of school. In a game of hide-and-seek, Budak went missing.

    Director’s statement

    The local title of the film is GELISAH which may translate to anxious, restless, or nervous. The film may be a reflection of, my own restlessness at a certain period of time and place. It is conceived in a stream of consciousness manner of how I imagined I would have a conversation with the environment that these characters live in. I will not actually try to talk to it as if it is a physical being. Rather I will describe how it conjures a heightened sense of mystery, fear and imagination on me, in the primordial sense. I choose MATAHARI (Sun, Eye of the Day) as the main title as it may invite a different kind of interpretation to the film. MATAHARI is a companion piece to my debut feature PUNGGOK RINDUKAN BULAN (Moon). Sometimes I don’t feel comfortable with spoken languages, or maybe just the actual act of talking. I hope I can communicate to my audience, like I am the quiet stranger watching this film with you in a cinema theatre, that while I do not speak, we share secrets because we experienced something together. I want you to know I am beside you.

    Director’s biography

    AZHARR RUDIN was a pizza maker, web designer, contributing photographer/writer for a Malaysian music magazine, before venturing into filmmaking. His short film, MAJIDEE (2005) won awards at film festivals in Hawaii, Tokyo and Singapore. His “sophisticated experimental sextet” THE AMBER SEXALOGY a “…sometimes whimsical, often lyrical vignettes of longing and love” debuted at the 2006 Singapore International Film Festival. His films have also been featured in film festivals across five continents. His debut feature film PUNGGOK RINDUKAN BULAN (THIS LONGING) premiered at Pusan 2008 and has been described as “uplifting”, “poignant”, “mysterious”, “daring”, “astonishing” and “evocatively captures sense of liminality.” It was also listed as among the best films of World Cinema in 2008/09. His next feature film project MATAHARI has been chosen for EAVE 2010 (at Udine Far East FF and Pusan IFF).

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  • Betok

    Directed by: Sherman Ong
    Writing Credits: Sherman Ong
    Producer: Bee Thiam Tan
    Production Company: 13 Little Pictures, Paddy Pictures
    Format: HD (transfer to 35mm)
    Genre: Drama
    Estimated Running Time: 90 mins
    Status: Development
    Looking for: Pre-sales, Funds

    Introduction

    Ah Ping kills pigs for a living at an abattoir in a small town in Malaysia. Everyday he would head to his favourite chicken rice stall for lunch and to meet his sweetheart Suhaila Mei Ma. The stall is opened by Suhaila’s father, Farid Shah Ma. Suhaila and her elder sister, Subaidah would take turns to help their dad serve the customers while their youngest brother Sazali who is mentally retarded serves the drinks.

    Ping and Suhaila have been courting for 3 years. Unknown to them, Subaidah is also secretly in love with Ping. One day, Ah Ping plucks up his courage and asks Suhaila’s dad for her hand in marriage. Her Dad warms up to the idea of having an extra pair of hands to help him. Ah Ping next step is to break the news of his marriage and conversion to Islam to his own family. On his last day at work at the abattoir, his workmates decide to throw a stag party for Ah Ping at a karaoke bar. They get Ah Ping drunk for one last time and decide to dump him in Suhaila’s room. In a strange twist of fate, Ah Ping wakes up in bed the next morning next to Subaidah.

    What follows is Ah Ping’s journey into a loveless marriage to save Suhaila’s family from embarrassment, while the person he truly loves is stuck in an excruciating circumstance. Ah Ping, Suhaila and Subaidah rebel against their fate to tragic outcomes.

    Director’s biography

    Sherman Ong is director of BETOK (HAF 2010, Hubert Bals Fund award), MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE (Rotterdam), FLOODING IN THE TIME OF DROUGHT (Centre Pompidou Paris), HASHI (Best Script, Singapore Film Awards) and TICKETS (Venice Biennale). Winner of the 2010 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award, his practice centred on the human condition and our relationships with others within the larger milieu.

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